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Blast from the past, Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Pile into the DeLorean and let’s go back to the future. And if you’re too young to know what a DeLorean is while reading this post, that’s no matter because you were probably too young when Arie was first on The Bachelor. Ok, I promise no more old jokes.

Back better than ever with a little more grey. Last one. I promise. It’s just I was hoping for some fresh blood, some lively new young face. Arie is still young and I’m not one to talk, but c’mon I don’t want to go backwards to the archives, I want to revitalize the present. Don’t let me down, Arie!

His bio on ABC says he’s been in the real estate business since he’s left Bachelor Nation (fun fact: JoJo was also in the real estate business in Texas, birds of a feather). He was a semi-professional racecar driver. So we can expect some racecar puns.

Oh man, life’s been a little hard on Arie. 

Age: September 18, 1981 (age 36)

Height: 6′ 2″

You know him from: Emily Maynard’s season. Emily is married and has four kids, and her season was in 2011 (when she only had one little one), so never fear if you’ve never watched a season of The Bachelor. This is the time to start, because people had to rack their brains to remember which season he was from, so we’re basically all starting from the same page. (I promise I’ll be kinder as the season progresses.)

He’s quirky, he’s cute, he’s…different. He mentioned that in an interview with US Weekly, where he says that he knew he wasn’t the one that America was expecting, which means you can’t help but love him.

His 25 ladies are announced and ready to go. And he’s got a good lookin’ bunch! And only 4 Laurens. Ladies, start your engines (and fill up those wine glasses).

The Bachelor premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 1 at 8|7c on ABC. 

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